This plugin provides a live link between Maya and Adobe ® After Effects ® allowing you to view a scene in both applications simultaneously, as well as perform changes in Maya and see them update in After Effects in real-time.
This plug-in is available on Adobe Exchange. If you are unable to install this plugin via Adobe Exchange - you can install this plugin manually by downloading this plugin here on AREA and following the instructions below.
Instructions for manual installation:
Unzip com.autodeskmaya.livelink.zip and copy the com.autodeskmaya.livelink directory to:
Win: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions
Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions
*Note that administrator permissions are required to access these folders.
Compatible elements include:
Cameras (including Transforms, Focal Length / Aperture, Zoom)
Spot, Point, and Ambient Lights (including Transforms, Intensity, Color, Cone)
Groups (converted to Nulls)
Locators (including Transforms)
Planes (to adjust size, scale a 1x1 plane. Do not use Width / Height).
Meshes (converted to Solids)
And the data exported includes:
Intensity, Cone Angle, and Color (for lights)
To set up a link
Open both Maya and Adobe® After Effects® .
In After Effects, go to Window > Extensions > Autodesk Maya Live Link.
In Maya, go to File > Adobe® After Effects® Live Link.
Click Link All to link all compatible scene elements to After Effects, or middle-drag specific elements from the Outliner into the Specific objects field and then click Link Specified.
After Effects loads the Maya scene into its current composition. Further changes to the Maya scene will automatically update in After Effects unless the link is broken.